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Like practically all of us, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson can recall the details of Sept. 11, 2001, without much prompting. He remembers sending his staff home shortly after the second plane hit the World Trade Center in New York. "Nobody knew what was happening," he said, so he decided it would be safer for everyone to go home. Peterson headed for home himself, and the plane hit the Pentagon while he was driving. In a day before Blackberries were common and Twitter wasn't on the scene, communication was slower, even from Capitol security.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar School Board will probably not discuss the potential sale of the Garfield school building until its Oct. 10 meeting. According to a release from Superintendent Jerry Kjergaard, the Islamic Society of Willmar had not responded to a counteroffer from the district by Wednesday. The district had made an informal request that the society respond by then so that the district would have time to prepare documents for the Monday board meeting.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar School Board will probably not discuss the potential sale of the Garfield school building until its Oct. 10 meeting. According to a release from Superintendent Jerry Kjergaard, the Islamic Society of Willmar had not responded to a counteroffer from the district by Wednesday. The district had made an informal request that the society respond by then, so the district would have time to prepare documents for the Monday board meeting. If the society accepts the counteroffer, the potential sale would most likely be discussed again at the next regular meeting on Oct.
WILLMAR -- The Islamic Society of Willmar made an offer on Aug. 9 to purchase the northern half of the Garfield School property in southwest Willmar. The Willmar School Board announced the name of the potential buyer after an hour-long closed meeting this morning to discuss the offer. The name had not been disclosed before today. School Board Vice Chairman Mike Reynolds said the board had discussed a counteroffer during the closed meeting and would send that to the Islamic Society.
The African Development Center of Minneapolis will open a satellite office in Willmar in the coming week, signaling a significant investment in the community. The ADC is a non-profit community development and commercial lending agency that seeks to help newcomers gain financial understanding and independence. Its Willmar office will serve Somali communities in Willmar, St. Cloud and Marshall. Abdirizak Mahboub will be moving to Willmar in the next week to run the office. His wife and three children will join him later in September. The center purchased the building at 516 Litchfield Ave.
Robotic competitions are now an extracurricular activity listed by the Minnesota State High School League. The league made the announcement Thursday at STEM Day at the Minnesota State Fair. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Robotics competitions are now operated by For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. FIRST and the league will work in partnership to promote robotics as an extracurricular activity. The league will promote the FIRST Robotics Competition among Minnesota high schools and support a state championship.
WILLMAR -- The New 2 You thrift store and its new boutique La Scene are open for business after an extensive remodeling and expansion project. The main thrift store is larger and brighter, with more room to display merchandise. The two shops now use the entire building in the 1400 block of First Street South. Central Minnesota Christian School of Prinsburg has operated the thrift store since 2007, and purchased the building where it's located in January. The building housed the original thrift store, NAPA auto parts and Godfather's Pizza when it was purchased. NAPA moved to 409 19th Ave.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has settled a lawsuit with Ferrellgas L.P., a national propane energy company. The settlement requires Ferrellgas to change its business practices and recovers money for Minnesota consumers who paid undisclosed charges or fees. The state's suit alleged that Ferrellgas didn't always disclose specific per-gallon prices to consumers. Actual rates were sometimes significantly higher than those of competitors. Ferrellgas also charged undisclosed and poorly disclosed fees, according to the lawsuit.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar School District have received an offer to purchase the northern half of the Garfield School property in southwest Willmar. Superintendent Jerry Kjergaard said the offer for half of the two-block Garfield site came less than two weeks ago. The School Board will consider the offer at its next meeting on Sept.
WILLMAR -- Students at Ridgewater College this fall will be able to rent some textbooks for about half the cost of buying one. It's one of the new features offered by the college's bookstore, along with e-books. Classes start Monday on the college's Willmar and Hutchinson campuses. Ridgewater is 50 years old this year, and planning some big parties. A community celebration and alumni reunion is planned for Sept. 24 at the Willmar campus. A similar celebration will be Oct.